There are several diseases that podiatrists are able to diagnose, due to how the symptoms present themselves. Gout is one such problem as the early signs may be having an extremely painful big toe – people often believe they have broken their big toe as the pain is so severe.
Gout is caused by elevated uric acid levels in your body that precipitates to form little crystals that deposit in your joints, tendons and surrounding tissues. The most common gout symptoms are severe pain in the big toe which becomes red, tender, hot and swollen When someone is experiencing a gout attack, it is so painful even the weight of sheets on the big toe can make someone scream! However, gout is a chronic condition, which means it will randomly return. There are a number of medications and lifestyle changes which can help the condition. Contact Us now for more information.